Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

31 for 21: The Ugly Duckling

Mama Duck sat contentedly on her eggs.  Soon they will start hatching!  Finally the big day arrived.  One, two, three, four, five, all the hatchlings came out!  How happy and proud was Mama Duck!  And they all went for a swim in the pond.

Soon, however, she could not help noticing that one of the little ones was.... different.  Didn't look the same, couldn't swim the same, or fish the same as the others.  Even his quacks came out sounding strange, and hard to understand.  Oh, she loved him the same as all the others, but couldn't protect him from the teasing and insults.  Not until he grew up did she fully understand what a beautiful swan he truly was.

Yes, he was.... the duck with Down syndrome.

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